Mark A Finlayson

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Research Interests

Computational modeling of culture and its effects on cognition. Computational models of narrative and analogical reasoning. Extraction of narrative structure. Extraction of patterns in formulaic language. Application of narrative insights to multiple domains. Computational linguistics. Knowledge Representation. Machine Learning. Application of AI to the social sciences and humanities.

Appointments

Aug 2014-present Assistant Professor
School of Computer and Information Sciences (SCIS), Florida International University
Jan 2012-Aug 2014 Research Scientist
Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), MIT
Sep 2002-Dec 2011 Graduate Research Assistant
Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), MIT
Sep 1999-Sep 2001 Graduate Research Assistant
Nanostructures Laboratory, Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE), MIT

Education

2002-2011 Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dissertation Advisor: Patrick H. Winston, Ford Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science
Dissertation Title: Learning Narrative Structure from Annotated Folktales
1999-2001 M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dissertation Advisor: Henry I. Smith, Joseph F. and Nancy P. Keithley Professor of Electrical Engineering
Dissertation Title: Development of a Scintillating Reference Grid for Spatial-Phase-Locked EBL
1995-1998 B.S.E in Electrical Engineering
University of Michigan
Magna cum Laude
Class Honors, 1998
Honor Roll in Fall 1996, Winter 1997, Winter 1998, and Fall 1998
LLNL Undergraduate Summer Institute in Applied Science, Summer 1998
NSF Research Internship at the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science, Summer 1997

Journal Publications (peer-reviewed)

2014, in press Finlayson, M.A., A Survey of Corpora in Computational and Cognitive Narrative Science, to appear in Sprache und Datenverarbeitung (Speech and Data Processing), Fall 2014.
2014, in press Finlayson, M.A., & Corman, S.R., The Military Interest in Narrative, to appear in Sprache und Datenverarbeitung (Speech and Data Processing), Fall 2014.
2014, in press Finlayson, M.A., Inferring Propp's Functions from Semantically-Annotated Text, to appear in the Special issue on Computational Folkloristics, Journal of American Folklore, Fall 2014.

Conference & Workshop Publications (peer-reviewed)

2014 Finlayson, M.A., Halverson, J.R., & Corman, S.R. The N2 Corpus: A Semantically-Annotated Collection of Islamist Extremist Stories, Proceedings of the 9th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC), Reykjavik, Iceland. pp. 896-902. | pdf (171 kb)
2014 Finlayson, M.A. Java Libraries for Accessing the Princeton Wordnet: Comparison and Evaluation, Proceedings of the 7th International Global Wordnet Conference (GWC), Tartu, Estonia. pp. 78-85. | pdf (384 kb)
2014 Asgari, E., Ghassemi, M. & Finlayson, M.A. Confirming the themes and interpretive unity of Ghazal poetry using topic models, NIPS Workshop on Topic Models: Computation, Application, and Evaluation, Lake Tahoe, Nevada. pp. Submission 18. | pdf (344 kb)
2012 Finlayson, M.A. Sets of Signals, Information Flow, and Folktales, Proceedings of the Turing Centenary Conference and 8th Conference on Computability in Europe (CiE), Cambridge, England (published as How the World Computes, Lecture Notes in Computer Science [LNCS] volume 7318, edited by S. Barry Cooper, Anuj Dawar, and Benedikt Löwe, Springer, Berlin). pp. 228-236. | pdf (134 kb)
2011 Finlayson, M.A. The Story Workbench: An Extensible Semi-Automatic Text Annotation Tool, Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Intelligent Narrative Technologies (INT), Stanford, CA. pp. 21-24. | pdf (606 kb)
2011 Finlayson, M.A. Corpus Annotation in Service of Intelligent Narrative Technologies, Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Intelligent Narrative Technologies (INT), Stanford, CA. pp. 17-20. | pdf (597 kb)
2011 Finlayson, M.A. & Kulkarni, N. Detecting Multi-Word Expressions Improves Word Sense Disambiguation, Proceedings of the 8th Workshop on Multiword Expressions, Portland, OR. pp. 20-24. | pdf (112 kb) | web | code
2011 Kulkarni, N. & Finlayson, M.A. jMWE: A Java Toolkit for Detecting Multi-Word Expressions, Proceedings of the 8th Workshop on Multiword Expressions, Portland, OR. pp. 122-124. | pdf (93 kb) | web | code
2010 Finlayson, M.A. Learning Narrative Morphologies from Annotated Folktales, Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Automated Motif Discovery in Cultural Heritage and Scientific Communication Texts (AMICUS) Workshop, Vienna, Austria. pp. 99-102. | pdf (876 kb) | poster (543 kb) | web
2010 Hervás, R. & Finlayson, M.A. The Prevalence of Descriptive Referring Expressions in News and Narrative, Proceedings of the 48th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Uppsala, Sweden. pp. 49-54. | pdf (89 kb) | poster (1.9 mb) | web
2009 Finlayson, M.A. Deriving Narrative Morphologies via Analogical Story Merging, Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Analogy, Sofia, Bulgaria (published as New Frontiers in Analogy Research, edited by Boicho Kokinov, Keith Holyoak, and Dedre Gentner, New Bulgarian University Press, Sofia). pp. 127-136. | pdf (154 kb)
2008 Finlayson, M.A. Collecting Semantics in the Wild: The Story Workbench, Proceedings of the AAAI Fall Symposium on Naturally Inspired Artificial Intelligence, Arlington, VA (published as Technical Report FS-08-06, Papers from the AAAI Fall Symposium, edited by Jacob Beal, Paul Bello, Nick Cassimatis, Michael Coen, and Patrick Winston, AAAI Press, Menlo Park, CA). pp. 46-53. | pdf (199 kb)
2005 Finlayson, M.A. & Winston, P.H. Intermediate Features and Informational-level Constraint on Analogical Retrieval, Proceedings of the 27th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Stresa, Italy (edited by Bruno G. Bara, Lawrence Barsalou, and Monica Bucciarelli, Lawrence Erlbaum, Mahwah, NJ). pp. 666-671. | pdf (329 kb) | poster (264 kb)

Other Publications

2014 Finlayson, M.A. Book Review: Computational Modeling of Narrative, by Inderjeet Mani. Natural Language Engineering 20(2): 289-292. | pdf (238 kb) | web
2011 Finlayson, M.A., Learning Narrative Structure from Annotated Folktales, Doctoral Dissertation, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. | pdf (2.5 mb)
2011 Finlayson, M.A. Reports of the AAAI 2010 Fall Symposia: Computational Models of Narrative. AI Magazine 32(1): 96-97. | pdf (373 kb)
2010 Finlayson, M.A., Gervás, P., Mueller, E., Narayanan, S., & Winston, P.H., Preface: Computational Models of Narrative. in Proceedings of the AAAI Fall Symposium on Computational Models of Narrative (Technical Report FS-10-04, Papers from the AAAI Fall Symposium, edited by Mark Finlayson, Pablo Gervás, Erik Mueller, Srini Narayanan, and Patrick Winston AAAI Press, Menlo Park, CA) pp. vii-viii. | pdf (46 kb) | web
2010 Finlayson, M.A., Richards W., & Winston, P.H. Computational Models of Narrative: Review of a Workshop. AI Magazine 31(2): 97-100. | pdf (1.1 mb) | web
2010 Finlayson, M.A. & Hervás, R., Annotation Guide for the UCM/MIT Indications, Referring Expressions, and Co-Reference Corpus (UMIREC corpus). MIT CSAIL Technical Report No. 2010-025. | pdf (135 kb) | web
2009 Richards, W., Finlayson, M.A. & Winston, P.H., Advancing Computational Models of Narrative. MIT CSAIL Technical Report No. 2009-063. | pdf (573 kb) | web
2006 Finlayson, M.A. & Winston, P.H., Analogical Retrieval via Intermediate Features: The Goldilocks Hypothesis MIT CSAIL Technical Report No. 2006-071. | pdf (840 kb) | web
2001 Finlayson, M.A., Development of a Scintillating Reference Grid for Spatial-Phase-Locked Electron-Beam Lithography, Master's Dissertation, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. | pdf (497 kb)
2000 Hastings, J.T., Zhang, F., Finlayson, M.A., Goodberlet, J.G., & Smith, H.I. Two-dimensional spatial-phase-locked electron-beam lithography via sparse sampling. Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B 18(6): 3268-3271. | pdf (294 kb)

Research Funding

2013 Finlayson, M.A., CI-P: Toward Unified Tool Support for Corpus Annotation. Proposal in response to NSF solicitation 13-585, CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI). $100,000, CNS-1405863.
2014 Meister, J.C., Finlayson, M.A., & Bruneau, E., Fifth International Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative. Workshop grant from ONR-G to the University of Hamburg. $13,850, N62909-14-1-C198.
2013 Roychowdhury, V., Tangherlini, T., Finlayson, M.A., Crespi, C. Glenn, B., & Bastani, R., Narratives in the Informational Patient Society and Their Association with Health Behavior. Proposal in response to NIH RFA-GM-13-006 Modeling Social Behavior (R01). 5 years, $295,000 (Finlayson portion), 5R01GM105033-02.
2013 Löwe, B., Fisseni, B. Finlayson, M.A., & Meister, J.C., Fourth International Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative. Workshop grant from ONR-G to the University of Amsterdam. $12,200, N62909-13-1-C238.
2013 Finlayson, M.A., Fourth International Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative. Workshop grant from the OSD Minerva Program. $10,717, N00014-09-1-0597.
2012 Finlayson, M.A. & Gervás, P., Third International Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative. Workshop grant from ONR-G to Universidad Complutense de Madrid. $13,000, N62909-11-1-1144.
2012 Finlayson, M.A., Third International Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative. Workshop grant from the ONR HCSB Program. $12,302, N00014-09-1-0597.
2012 Finlayson, M.A., Third International Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative. Workshop grant from the DARPA NarrativeNetworks (N2) Program. $9,507, D12AF00018.
2012 Finlayson, M.A. & Winston, P.H. , Modeling and Shaping Narrative Influence. Proposal in response to DARPA BAA-12-03, Narrative Networks. 1.5 years, $750,000, D12AP00210.
2011 Finlayson, M.A. & Winston, P.H., Jumpstarting and Focusing the N2 Program via a Deeply-Annotated Corpus of Narratives. Proposal in response to DARPA BAA-10-55. 14 months, $202,532, D12AF00018.
2009 Domeshek, E.A., Finlayson, M.A. & Winston, P.H., Defining and Demonstrating Capabilities for Experience-Based Narrative Memory. Proposal in response to DARPA BAA-08-34. 13 months, $250,000, FA8750-10-1-0076.
2003 Winston, P.H. & Finlayson, M.A., Representationally Complete Analogical Reasoning Systems and Steps Toward Their Application in Political Science. Proposal in response to NSF Solicitation AICS03, No. 03-600. 4 years, $446,371, IIS-0413206.

Meetings & Issues Organized

2014 Finlayson, M.A., Gervás, P., Yuret, D., Bex, F., Special Issue on Computational Models of Narrative, in Literary and Linguistic Computing journal, to appear in Fall 2014. | website
2014 Finlayson, M.A., Meister, J.C., Bruneau, E., Fifth Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative, held in Quebec City, Canada, July 29-August 2, 2014. | website
2013 Finlayson, M.A., Löwe, B., Fissini, B., Meister, J.C., Fourth Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative, held in Hamburg, Germany, August 4-6, 2013. | website
2012 Finlayson, M.A., Gervás, P., Yuret, D., Bex, F., Third Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative, held in Istanbul, Turkey, May 26-27, 2012. | website
2010 Finlayson, M.A., Gervás, P., Mueller, E.T., Narayanan, S., & Winston, P.H., Symposium on Computational Models of Narrative, held in Arlington, VA, November 11-13, as part of the AAAI 2010 Fall Symposium Series. | report (373 kb) | website | AAAI website
2009 Richards, W., Finlayson, M.A. & Winston, P.H., MIT Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative, held in Beverley, Massachusetts, October 8-10. | report (1.1 mb)

Selected Talks

2014 "Learning Narrative Structure from Annotated Stories'', at INRIA, Grenoble, France, 3 July 2014.
2014 (Invited) "Correlating Online Stories with Offline Health Behavior'', at the 4th IEEE International Conference on Computational Advances in Bio and Medical Sciences (ICCABS)), Miami Beach, Florida, 2 June 2014.
2014 "Learning Narrative Structure from Semantically Annotated Text'', at the Dartmouth College Computer Science Colloquium, Hanover, NH, 16 April 2014.
2014 "Learning Narrative Structure from Semantically Annotated Text'', at the Trinity College Computational Linguistics Seminar, Dublin, Ireland, 31 January 2014.
2014 "Learning Narrative Structure'', at the University College Dublin Future of News Weekly Seminar, Dublin, Ireland, 30 January 2014.
2014 "Inferring Propp's Functions from Semantically-Annotated Russian Folktales'', at the Estonian Literary Museum, Tartu, Estonia, 28 January 2014.
2014 (Invited)"Cognition, Computation, & the Social Sciences'', at the Baltic International Academy, Riga, Latvia, 23 January 2014.
2014 "Learning Narrative Structure'', at the UCLA Electrical Engineering Departmental Seminar, Los Angeles, California, 15 January 2014.
2013 "Representing and Extracting Abstract Plot Structures to Model Human Narrative Understanding'', at the Indiana University Weekly Cognitive Science Seminar, Bloomington, Indiana, 6 November 2013.
2013 "Learning Narrative Structure: Algorithms & Data'', at the University of Michigan Weekly AI Seminar, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 5 November 2013.
2013 (Invited) "Toward Modeling Human Understanding of Abstract Plot Structures'', at the ASU Cognitive Science Symposium on Narrative, Tempe, Arizona, 17 October 2013.
2013 "Learning Narrative Structure from Annotated Stories'', at the Institute for Creative Technologies, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, 15 August 2013.
2013 (Invited) "Analogy and Narrative Structure'', at the Analogy 2013: The Third International Conference on Analogy, Dijon, France, 8 August 2013.
2013 "Learning Narrative Structure from Annotated Stories'', at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 8 July 2013. | pdf (443 kb)
2012 (Invited) "Computationally Learning Propp's Morphology of the Folktale'', panel on Computational Folkloristics at the American Folklore Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, 26 October 2012.
2012 "Computationally Learning Propp's Morphology of the Folktale'', at Narrative Matters 2012: Life and Narrative, the American University of Paris, Paris, France, 31 May 2012.
2012 (Invited) "Sets of Signals, Information Flow, and Folktales", during the Special Session on Open Problems in the Philosophy of Information, at the Turning Centenary Conference and 8th Conference on Computability in Europe (CiE), Cambridge, England, 22 June 2012.
2012 (Invited) "Learning Narrative Structure from Folktales", at the Department of Computer Science, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, 3 March 2012.
2011 (Invited) "Learning Plot Patterns", at the DARPA STORyNET Workshop, Charlottesville, Virginia, 28 February 2011.
2010 (Invited) "Deriving Narrative Morphologies via Analogical Story Merging", at the Facultad Informática, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain, 28 June 2010. | pdf (42 kb)
2009 "Deriving Narrative Morphologies via Analogical Story Merging", at the Second International Conference on Analogy, Sofia, Bulgaria, 25 July 2009.
2009 "Story Basis Sets and Intermediate Features", at the DARPA Workshop on EN-Mem Systems, Washington DC, 7 February 2007.
2008 "Collecting Semantics in the Wild: The Story Workbench", at the AAAI Fall Symposium on Naturally Inspired Artificial Intelligence, Washington DC, 8 November 2008.
2007 (Invited) "The Difficulties and Uses of Text Annotation, Medical and Otherwise" , at the Brigham & Women's Hospital Decision Systems Seminar, Boston, MA, 7 February 2007.
2006 (Invited) "Analogy: What's Missing", at the MIT DARPA BICA Retreat on the Computational Human Intelligence Project, Dedham, MA, 19 January 2006.
2004 "Analogical Retrieval via Intermediate Features", at the MIT CSAIL Student Seminar, Cambridge, MA, 10 May 2004. | pdf (36 kb)

Proposals & Whitepapers

2014 Finlayson, M.A., Automatically Learning Multi-Level Narrative Structure. Proposal in response to NSF solicitation 13-580, Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS): Core Programs.
2013 Corman, S.R., Finlayson, M.A., Ruston, S.W., Brewer, G.A., Blais, C., & Davulcu, H., Testing Vertical Integration Theory: Avoiding Narrative Landmines by Identifying Supportive and Destructive Narrative Structures. Whitepaper in response to ONR BAA-13-024 (Minerva Program).
2012 Finlayson, M.A. & Winston, P.H., Predicting and Influencing Culturally Grounded Thinking via Story Understanding Systems. Whitepaper in response to ONR BAA-12-016 (Minerva Program).
2012 Finlayson, M.A. & Winston, P.H., Bidirectional Narrative Algorithms for Seeing Through Language to Meaning. Proposal in response to DARPA BAA-12-47, Deep Exploration and Filtering of Text (DEFT).
2012 Rosen, J., et al., Finlayson, M.A. & Winston, P.H., , StorySense. Proposal in response to DARPA BAA-12-03, Narrative Networks.
2011 Finlayson, M.A., Gibson, E. & Winston, P.H., Computing the Cultural Lens. Proposal in response to NSF soliciation 11-502, Cyber-enabled Discovery and Innovation (CDI).
2009 Finlayson, M.A., Hervás, R., Gervás, P. & Winston, P.H., Unblocking Research on Narrative using the Story Workbench. Proposal to MIT-Spain/La Cambra de Barcelona Seed Fund for 2010.
2008 Finlayson, M.A. & Winston, P.H., Story Basis Sets and Intermediate Features: Foundations for Schema Building and Culturally-Grounded Interpretation. Whitepaper in response to RFI DARPA-SN-09-08 (accepted).
2006 Finlayson, M.A., A Computational Model of Cultural Memory Effects. Revised Doctoral Thesis Proposal to the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT.
2004 Finlayson, M.A., Analogical Reasoning using Representational Constraint and Re-representational Feedback. Doctoral Thesis Proposal to the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT.
2004 Winston, P.H. & Finlayson, M.A., Explaining and Predicting Culturally Conditioned Viewpoints with Analogical Reasoning Systems. Proposal in response to NSF Solicitation HSD04, No. 04-537.

Software & Corpora

2014 Finlayson, M.A., Halverson, J.R., & Corman, S.R., The Narrative Networks Corpus: A Semantically Annotated Collection of Islamist Extremist Stories v1.0 (N2 Corpus). MIT CSAIL Work Product. | web
2008-2013 Finlayson, M.A., JWI: The MIT Java Interface to Wordnet. Downloaded more than 15,000 times. | web
2013 Finlayson, M.A., The Story Workbench: A general purpose text annotation tool. | web
2012-2013 Finlayson, M.A., jVerbnet: A Java library for interfacing with Verbnet. | web
2008-2011 Finlayson, M.A., jMWE: A Java library for detecting multi-word expressions. | web
2008-2011 Finlayson, M.A., jSemcor: A Java library for interfacing with Semcor. | web
2010 Finlayson, M.A. & Hervás, R., UCM/MIT Indications, Referring Expressions, and Co-Reference Corpus v1.1 (UMIREC corpus). MIT CSAIL Work Product. | annotation guide (135 kb) | web

Posters & Abstracts

2014 Finlayson, M.A., Computational Models of Narrative: Using Artificial Intelligence to Operationalize a Russian Formalist Theory, Digital Humanities 2014 (DH), Lausanne, Switzerland.
2014 Finlayson, M.A., Learning Propp's Morphology of the Folktale, Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Narrative, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
2011 Finlayson, M.A., Learning Legal Principles to Enable Law at Cyber Speeds, Workshop on People, Power, and CyberPolitics, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
2011 Finlayson, M.A. & Winston, P.H., Narrative is a Key Cognitive Competency, Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures, Arlington, Virginia.
2011 Finlayson, M.A. & Winston, P.H., Narrative Understanding at MIT CSAIL, DARPA Narrative Networks (N2) Workshop, Arlington, Virginia.
2011 Finlayson, M.A. & Winston, P.H., Story Understanding via Learning and Exploiting Plot Patterns, DARPA Narrative Networks (N2) Workshop: The Neurobiology of Narrative, San Francisco, California. | poster (1.2 mb)
2011 Finlayson, M.A. & Winston, P.H., Story Understanding via Learning and Exploiting Plot Patterns, DARPA STORyNET Workshop, Chantilly, Virginia. | poster (1.2 mb)
2011 Cox, M., Finlayson, M.A. & Winston, P.H., Narrative and Cultural Communication, OSD Human Social Culture and Behavior Focus 2011 Conference, Chantilly, Virginia.
2008 Kraemer, J., Finlayson, M.A. Ichinco, D. & Gibson, Advances in Discourse: Theory and Annotation, in the Processing Text: Technological Resources Conference. | pdf (43 kb) | web
2007 Finlayson, M.A. & Winston, P.H., The Rapid Story Annotation Workbench, in the MIT CSAIL Research Abstracts for 2007. | pdf (232 kb) | web
2007 Finlayson, M.A. & Winston, P.H., Reasoning by Imagining: The Neo-Bridge System, in the MIT CSAIL Research Abstracts for 2007. | pdf (221 kb) | web
2006 Finlayson, M.A. & Winston, P.H., Proposal for a Computational Model of Story Understanding, presented at the MURI workshop on Computational Models for Belief Revision, Group Decision, and Cultural Shifts, 27-28 January 2006. | pdf (320 kb)
2005 Finlayson, M.A. & Winston, P.H. Intermediate Features Improve Incremental Analogical Mapping, Proceedings of the 27th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Stresa, Italy (edited by Bruno G. Bara, Lawrence Barsalou, and Monica Bucciarelli, Lawrence Erlbaum, Mahwah, NJ). pp. 2477. | pdf (123 kb) | poster (160 kb)
2005 Finlayson, M.A. & Winston, P.H., Computational Principles of Human Analogical Reasoning, in the MIT CSAIL Research Abstracts for 2005. | pdf (73 kb) | web
2004 Finlayson, M.A. & Winston, P.H. A Model of Analogical Retrieval using Intermediate Features, Proceedings of the 26th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Chicago, IL (edited by Kenneth Forbus, Dedre Genter, and Terry Reiger, Lawrence Erlbaum, Mahwah, NJ). pp. 1557. | pdf (72 kb) | poster (362 kb)
2004 Winston, P.H. & Finlayson, M.A., Computational Politics, in the MIT CSAIL Research Abstracts for 2004, pp. 783-784. | pdf (101 kb)

Students

2013-present Ehsan Asgari, Visiting Master's student, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Project: Annotation and Semantic Analysis of Arabic and Persian Texts.
2013-present Sathish Raghuraman, International Research Opportunities Program (IROP) student, Hong Kong University of Science & Techology (HKUST), Project: Visualizing and Understanding Citation Networks.
2009-2011 Nidhi Kulkarni, Undergraduate Research Assistant, UROP Project: jMWE: A Java Library for Collocation Detection. | paper (112 kb) | demo (93 kb)
2008, Spring 2005 Emilie Kim, Masters of Engineering, Thesis: Investigation of Cultural Biases in Human Moral Recall: A Computationally Grounded Study, | pdf (949 kb). Undergraduate Research Assistant, Undergraduate Thesis (UAP): Grounded Models for Understanding Conflicts from Multiple Points of View. | pdf (545 kb)
2006-2007 Mark Seifter, Masters of Engineering, Thesis: Building Representations from Natural Language | pdf (537 kb). Undergraduate Research Assistant, UROP Project: Application of Modern Natural Language Parsing Techniques to the Bridge Project.
2006-2007 Diana Moore, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Undergraduate Thesis (UAP): Testing the Story Workbench: A Faster and more Accurate Tool for Word Sense Disambiguation | pdf (945 kb). UROP Project: Detecting Violations of Spelke Principles in Imagined Scenes.
Spring 2004 Yaron Binur, Undergraduate Research Assistant, UROP Project: A GUI for Browsing Bridge Memory.
2006-2007 Harold Cooper, Undergraduate Research Assistant, UROP Project: Motion Representation in the Bridge Project.
2008-2009 Sebastien Dabdoub, Undergraduate Research Assistant, UROP Projects: Collecting Phrase-Structure Parses from Novice Users with the Story Workbench and Distributing Computation over the CSAIL Condor Cluster.
2010-2011 Benjamin Frank, Undergraduate Research Assistant, UROP Project: A Review of Story Corpora.
Spring 2009 Kevin Hwang, Undergraduate Research Assistant, UROP Project: Cultural Biases in Human Moral Recall.
2007-2008 Owen Lin, Undergraduate Research Assistant, UROP Project: Algorithms for Event Extraction.
Summer 2002 Maithilee Kunda, Research Science Institute High-School Research Assistant, Research Project Title: Quenching of Organic Scintillators in Polymer Thin Films for Spatial-Phase-Locked Electron-Beam Lithography.
Summer 2008 Drew Shapiro, Undergraduate Research Assistant, UROP Project: Visualizing Discourse in the Story Workbench.
Summer 2010, Fall 2008 Brett van Zuiden, Undergraduate Research Assistant, UROP Projects: Pipelining the Genesis System and the Story Workbench, and jWSD: A Java Library for Word-Sense Disambiguation.
Summer 2008 Tejasvi Vishwanadha, Undergraduate Research Assistant, UROP Project: Detecting Collocations in the Story Workbench.

Teaching

July 2010 Three day short course, "Extending the Story Workbench'', given to the NIL Group at the Facultad Informática, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
Spring 2006 Graduate Instructor, 6.121 Bioelectronics Projects Laboratory, with Professor Rahul Sarpeskar.
Fall 2004 Head Teaching Assistant, 6.121 Bioelectronics Projects Laboratory, with Professor Steven Burns.
Spring 2004 Head Teaching Assistant, 6.050 Information and Entropy, with Professors Paul Penfield and John Wyatt.
Fall 2003 Head Teaching Assistant, 6.121 Bioelectronics Projects Laboratory, with Professor Steven Burns.
Spring 2003 Head Teaching Assistant, 6.050 Information and Entropy, with Professors Paul Penfield and Seth Lloyd.
Fall 2002 Teaching Assistant, 6.121 Bioelectronics Projects Laboratory, with Professor Steven Burns.

Program Committees

2011-2014 Intelligent Narrative Technologies Workshop (INT) 4th 5th 6th 7th
2012-2014 Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Literature (CLfL) 1st 2nd 3rd
2012-2013 Hyptertext and Social Media: Narrative Connections Track (HT) 23rd 24th

Ad-Hoc Reviewing

2014 Interaction Studies
2012-2013 IEEE Transactions on Computational Intelligence and AI in Games (TCIAIG)
2013 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
2006-2012 Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci)
2010 International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS)
2009 IEEE Intelligent Systems
2008 AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)
2007 European Cognitive Science Conference (EuroCogSci)
2007 International Journal of Computational Intelligence: Theory and Practice (IJCITP)
2006 International Conference of Cognitive Science (ICCS)

Professional Society Memberships

2004-present Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)
2004-present Cognitive Science Society (CogSci)
2010-present Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL)
2012-present American Folklore Society (AFS)
2014-present Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO)
2014-present International Society for the Study of Narrative (ISSN)
2014-present Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Other Positions

2008-2009 Consultant, MyRoar, Inc., Boston, MA.
2007-2008 Consultant, EventMonitor, Inc., Boston, MA.
Summer 2003 Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Political Science, MIT, under Professor Roger Petersen.
2001-2002 Senior Engineer, Nantero, Inc., Woburn, MA.
Summer 1999 Graduate Research Assistant, Submicrometer Technology Group, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, under Theodore Bloomstein, Ph.D. and Mordechai Rothschild, Ph.D.
Summer 1998 Undergraduate Research Assistant, Nanostructures Laboratory, MIT Research Laboratory of Electronics, under Professor Henry I. Smith.
Summer 1997 Undergraduate Research Assistant, High-field Science Group, Center for Ultrafast Optical Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, under Associate Professor Donald Umstadter.
Summer 1996 Undergraduate Research Assistant, Department of Applied Physics, University of Michigan, under Professor Roy Clarke.